I guessed in Charlie’s last update that he would change as soon as I hit “publish” on the post, and even I could not have predicted how accurate I was. That child hit 4.5 weeks and SHIT. HIT. THE. FAN. Our previously docile, sleepy infant suddenly “woke up” to the world around him, and he was not pleased. Suddenly, every light, sound, and touch was totally jarring to him, and there wasn’t a whole lot mom and dad could do to placate him.
I’m always of the opinion that it’s better to have more information than less, and I read up on everything I could regarding pregnancy, labor, and delivery. However, the actual “raising a baby” thing? Yeah, I wasn’t so versed on that. Luckily, a fellow blogging friend (thanks Jill!) told me about The Wonder Weeks app, and suddenly Charlie’s new behaviors made way more sense. The Wonder Weeks app essentially tracks your baby’s developmental “leaps” which are periods of mental development. They help babies learn and master new skills, but they can be really overwhelming and scary which results in a lot more fussiness, clinginess, and generally hard to solve issues. I loved seeing Charlie become more alert and engaged by the day, but it was also pretty exhausting.
The first few weeks of Charlie’s life I felt like I was still running the show. I could bring him on errands, have friends over, and get stuff done around the house while he slept or laid quietly. During our second month together, it was definitely Charlie who dictated our days. Fortunately, he finished his first big “leap” (they typically last a few days), and the rest of the month went a little more smoothly. Here’s where things stand as Charlie hits the two month mark-
Like I mentioned above, Charlie finally “woke up” last month- both in terms of his awareness and his actual hours spent awake. At one point, this little guy was just not napping. I mean, 5-6 hours would go by and this child had not napped. I did not even know that was possible, and it made me really worried. How can a baby grow and develop without sleep? We brought it up to our pediatrician, and he said that Charlie was likely so interested in everything around him that he didn’t want to miss out. He also said that some babies are just really social and don’t sleep as much. Great. The good news is that Charlie’s night sleeping began to improve, and we consistently got 4-5 hours stretches. Some nights, he would only get up twice from 8pm-6am which was great. That being said, his sleep from 3-7am is still inconsistent so we’ve got some work to do.
Like I talked about in my first post, breastfeeding hasn’t been an easy road for me. I’ve struggled with supply issues from day one, and, unfortunately, they didn’t really improve. I tried a bunch of different things- supplements, power pumping, manual expression- until it got to the point where the amount of time and effort far outweighed the results. My mission to increase my supply culminated in a case of mastitis, and I finally decided to just let things be. I continued nursing Charlie a couple times per day, and I pumped once or twice. The amount of nutrition he was getting from me was minimal, but I liked having those opportunities to nurse him to sleep during the day.
Charlie wasn’t a big fan of tummy time his first month on earth, but I noticed a big shift in his tolerance around the 6-week mark. I purchased the Lovevery play gym after falling in love with their company, and it’s been the perfect place for Charlie to work on his tummy time skills. He’s mesmerized by the high contract cards, and I’ve been using the mirrors more since he’s starting to fall in love with his own reflection. Charlie would still prefer to do all his tummy time on us, but he’s given us a few 8-10 minute stretches on the mat which is pretty impressive.
- floated at a baby spa
- visited a pumpkin patch
- met his Aunt Colleen and Uncle Danny
- walked to the lake, river, and Millennium Park
- dressed up as a skunk for Halloween
- saw his first snowfall
These little updates barely scratch the surface on the day-to-day realities of living with a baby, but I selfishly like having these snippets I can look back on. Charlie continues to be a really good baby (despite his belief that naps are optional), and it’s crazy to think how much he’s changed in only a month. Here’s to month number 2!